The OCMD: Best Albums of 2009

Alberta CrossBroken Side of Time
“Rise from the Shadows”


Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
“Ready Able”

Tape Deck MountainGhost

Ty SegallLemons
“It #1″

Atlas Sound Logos
“Quick Canal”

Flaming Lips – Embryonic
The Ego’s Last Stand”

Woods – Songs of Shame
Rain On”

Bear In HeavenBeast Rest Forth Mouth
You Do You

Amazing Baby Rewild
“The Narwhal”


Band of Skulls – Baby Darlin Doll Face Honey
“Death by Diamonds and Pearls” 


Cymbals Eat GuitarsWhy There Are Mountains
“And The Hazy Sea”

The XX – The XX

She Keeps BeesNests

“Lust for Life”


Dan Auerbach – Keep It Hid
“The Prowl”


Fever Ray – Fever Ray
“If I Had A Heart”


Foreign Born – Person to Person
“Vacationing People


J. Tillman – Vacilando Territory Blues
“First Born”


Leopold and His Fiction – Ain’t No Surprise


Papercuts – You Can Have What You Want
“Future Primitive”


Speck Mountain – Some Sweet Relief
“I Feel Eternal

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Shadows on a River – Shadows on a River
“In Business


The Veils – Sun Gangs
“The Letter”

The Big Pink – A Brief History of Love

Jeff the Brotherhood – Heavy Days
“U Got The Look

Electric Tickle MachineBlew It Again
“Blew It Again”

Album Of The Week: The Big Pink


The Big Pink – “Velvet

“A Brief History of Love” is the debut album of the UK-based electro-rock duo, The Big Pink, and it has me completely enraptured.  Their sound is modern and anachronistic all at the same time – like MGMT meets My Bloody Valentine. It took me a good month to wrap my head around the combination of that and it’s enormity. Once I made it past the wall of distortion and reverb to the other side of their music – the lyrics –  I fell to my knees. The impassioned plea of “Velvet”, one of my favorite tracks, particularly slays me. “These arms are mine/ Don’t matter who they hold/ So should i maybe, Just leave love alone/ You call out my name, for the love you need/ Which you won’t find in me.”

The pair will make their way to San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall on November 17. Count me in.